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10 top tips for budding gardeners

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I know I’ve said it before, but I kill plants. I don’t intentionally set out to kill, but that is the result – every time. My parents bought me a big green thing in a pot (don’t ask me for names) for my last birthday, which … [read more]

An ordinary life: the best plot there is

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How do you write a biography about an unnamed person, who you’ve never met and who seems to have discarded their life’s work, in a skip? That was the question addressed by Alexander Masters, author of A Life Discarded, at last week’s book launch. Alexander … [read more]

A restorative weekend in the New Forest

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I’ve just returned from a relaxing weekend with my oldest friend, a rare event indeed. The last time we were away together without partners or kids was in 1990, when we spent a week with a group of Mormon lads in Turkey. The Mormon bit … [read more]

9 ways to boost your blooms

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I kill plants. Even the most hardy of flora cannot survive in my custody. I’m currently trying to nurse an orchid back from the brink. It brought much needed colour to our hallway for less a month. It is now just a bare stick in a … [read more]

2016 is dead. Long live 2017

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2016: move along As we crawl towards 2017, full of slightly stale mince pies and leftover Christmas pudding, I wanted to take a brief look back at 2016, before putting it in a box marked ‘shite’ and trying to forget all about it. It’s been … [read more]